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  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.

  • Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.

Starz Film Festival and the ACLU of Colorado Presents: SILENCED

Join the ACLU of Colorado on Thursday, November 20th 6:30 p.m. at the Starz Denver Film Festival (on Colfax) for a screening of the documentary: Silenced

What if the government you fear turns out to be your own? In Oscar nominee James Spione’s documentary, three whistleblowers relate chilling accounts of their persecution for speaking out against the U.S. government’s post-9/11 use of torture, illegal surveillance, and other unconstitutional acts.

Tickets are $8 and may be reserved or purchased in advance by contacting Caryn at or calling 720-402-3109

At first glance, Academy Award nominee James Spione’s Silenced looks like a fictional spy thriller. But for those involved, it’s far too real.

In this chilling documentary, Spione interviews three high-profile whistleblowers who give disturbing first-person accounts of their persecution by the American government for telling the truth. They explain how since 9/11, the Bush and Obama administrations sanctioned methods never before allowed under the Constitution. Rules were twisted to permit torture, illegal surveillance, and disregard for due process, all in the name of anti-terrorism.

Justice Department lawyer Jesselyn Radack; Tom Drake, a senior official in the National Security Agency; and John Kiriakou, CIA chief of counterterrorist operations in Pakistan, tell their stories with candor. For speaking out, they lost their jobs and suffered enormous consequences.

The film reenacts Kiriakou’s journey from when he first witnessed waterboarding to his exposing the use of torture, and finally to the government’s accusation that he violated the Espionage Act of 1917.

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